This stunning series of photographs by Andreas Swane reveals the decaying grandeur of Beelitz-Heilstätten, the "men's sanatorium" outside Berlin where Hitler recovered from war wounds during World War I. Today it could be the setting for a hospital horror movie.
Swane writes on his Flickr page:
Beelitz-Heilstätten west of Berlin, is an amazing complex of 60 abandoned and derelict hospital buildings. The oldest buildings are from 1898 drawn by architect Heino Schmieden. The complex became a war hospital during WW1. In 1916 Adolf Hitler was recovering here after being shot in the leg in the Battle of the Somme. After WW2 the hospital was occupied by Soviet forces. They left in 1995. The movie 'The Pianist' was partly shot here.
Dentist chair in the basement.
Entrance to one of the facilities.
The bath house.